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Program helps nursing students with tuition, job

Texas Health Resources’ Youth Prodigy Program offers substantial opportunities for high school seniors interested in a nursing career. The program offers paid training, tuition assistance and part-time employment at a Texas Health hospital while students complete an associate degree in nursing.

Students may apply from Jan. 18 through Feb. 18. Find out more at an information session from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 at Texas Health Resources, 612 E. Lamar Blvd., in Arlington.

A reservation is required because space is limited. To make a reservation and to apply for the program, visit

— Shirley Jinkins

City libraries will host health insurance how-to sessions

The first of several sessions on navigating the new Health Insurance Marketplace is being held today from 10 a.m. until noon at the George W. Hawkes Central Library, 101 E. Abram St.

Other sessions this month include Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the East Arlington Branch Library, 1624 New York Ave., and Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Central Library.

The Arlington Public Library has teamed with United Way of Tarrant County to provide the informational sessions about the Affordable Health Care Act and health insurance enrollment. Certified navigators from United Way will be available to answer questions and assist attendees with enrollment.

Check the library’s website at for updated information on dates and times of additional sessions in February and March.

— Shirley Jinkins

‘Artists in Motion’ exhibit includes costumes, canvases

Beautiful costumes worn by members of Texas Ballet Theater and Dance Theatre of Arlington, along with artwork from local artist Donray, will be on display at the new “ Artists in Motion” exhibit running through Feb. 16 at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St.

Donray’s unique painting style emphasizes color and motion that complement the costumes of noted designers Ric Leal and Masako Parshall. His work has been on exhibit in New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston, London and Dallas.

Several programs, artist workshops and lectures will accompany the exhibit to enhance the experience.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and adults over 65, and free to members and children under 12 with an adult.

For more information, visit or call 817-275-4600.

— Shirley Jinkins

Arlington Skatium to host Mid America Speed Meet

More than 150 speed skaters, including 25 from the DFW Speed Team, will compete at Arlington Skatium in the Mid America Speed League Meet on Jan. 19.

Arlington Skatium, at 5515 S. Cooper St., is the practice headquarters of the DFW Speed Team.

Other competitors will come from skate clubs in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

More information on the meet is available at

USA Roller Sports-sanctioned speed skating is a noncontact sport, requiring skaters to display their skills to maneuver cleanly through the pack and into winning position. Skaters are disqualified for pushing, blocking, forcing another racer out of position, or using their arms, legs, or hands in any way that impedes the progress of other competitors. For added safety, skaters are also required to wear approved helmets.

For more information about speed skating visit skating.

— Shirley Jinkins


Count Basie trumpeter to play with Richland jazz band

Count Basie’s lead trumpet soloist Mike Williams returns to Richland High School to appear with the award-winning Richland Jazz Band on Thurday. Williams has toured worldwide with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra since 1987, following two years as lead player in the UNT One O’clock Lab Band.

The evening also includes the first-ever Richland High Alumni All-Star Band.

Professional musicians from as far back as the Class of 1967 will reunite to serve as the opening act. Participating grads have played in the Baltimore Symphony, the late Ray Price’s touring band and the U.S. Air Force Band.

The program begins at 7 p.m. at the school, 5201 E. Holiday Lane in North Richland Hills.

Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds will go to the Richland Area Band Boosters.


Nurture nature during Bird Sanctuary Week

It’s officially Bird Sanctuary Week on Jan. 19-25 in Grapevine, a city that appreciates its feathered residents and wants human homeowners to assist wild birds through care, feeding and protection from predators.

The Grapevine Garden Club is sponsoring three free bird-friendly activities during the week in cooperation with the Grapevine Public Library and Parks and Recreation Department.

A bird hike on Jan. 18 featuring naturalist Ray Chancellor is the kickoff event for Bird Sanctuary Week. Hikers will discover wintering birds and interesting aspects of the local ecology from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, 335 E. Bob Jones Road.

The casual hike for adults will be on a flat trail. It begins at the parking lot. Information:

At 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport biologist Cathy Boyles will share entertaining stories about finding, identifying and dealing with wildlife on the airport’s grounds, as well as her efforts to promote wildlife strike awareness to minimize hazards to aircraft.

The program will be at the Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way. Call 817-410-3404 for more information.

Children are invited to create a tissue roll bird feeder while visiting the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park. Supplies and instructions will be located near the children’s gardens on the east side of Morehead Creek.

For more information call 817-410-3350.

— Shirley Jinkins


Ted Cruz to speak at Lincoln Day Dinner

The Tarrant County Republican Party will host a Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 8, featuring guest speaker U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

The event, at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, begins with a silent auction at 5 p.m., includes a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. and ends with a 7 p.m. dinner and live auction.

For more information, call 817-595-0303 or email

— Anna M. Tinsley


Principal named for new charter school

Pete Chapasko has been named as principal for a new charter school, International Leadership of Texas-Keller, which is expected to open in August for the 2014-15 school year.

Chapasko was principal of Preston Hollow Elementary in the Dallas school district. Since he became principal in 2007, the school saw significant improvement in grades and worked up to exemplary ratings, the highest in the Texas school accountability system.

ILTexas is a college preparatory kindergarten through 12th grade public charter school district. According to its administrators, the program emphasizes leadership; global readiness with fluency in English, Spanish and Chinese languages; and development of students’ mind, body and character.

ILTexas has locations in Arlington and Garland. ILTexas-Keller will serve 1,300 students in grades K-8. High school grade levels are planned to open for the 2015-16 school year.

For more information, go to

— Shirley Jinkins


Private school hosts innovation expo

EA Young Academy will host its first STEMnovation Expo from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the school, at8521 Davis Blvd.

The kindergarten through 12th grade private school focuses on enabling students to follow their strengths and passions and encouraging scholarly exploration and personalized growth in all academic areas.

The STEMnovation Expo will showcase students’ ideas and problem-solving abilities through critical thinking, creativity, innovation and individualized instruction.

— Shirley Jinkins


Annual homeless count needs 500 volunteers

The community’s annual census of the homeless in Tarrant and Parker counties will be Jan. 23, and the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition needs about 500 volunteers for the event.

The homeless coalition coordinates the census and survey of the homeless to fill federal requirements and to understand the changing trends and nature of homelessness, according to a Fort Worth news release.

The data will also measure the degree of success in ending homelessness in Tarrant and Parker counties.

Volunteers will gather at 8:30 p.m. and deploy from four locations in Fort Worth, Arlington, Weatherford and northeast Tarrant County, and the count should conclude by about 1 a.m. The count is conducted at night, after emergency shelters have closed intake.

Volunteers should be 18 and older. Teams of three to five people are requested.

To sign up, call 817-509-3635 or visit

The staging areas are:

• Greater Fort Worth: University Christian Church Fellowship Hall, next to the TCU campus, 2720 S. University Drive
• Arlington: Arlington Human Services Building, 501 W. Sanford St.
• Northeast Tarrant County: Community Enrichment Center, 6250 NE Loop 820, Fort Worth
• Weatherford: International House of Pancakes, 2005 S. Main St.

— Caty Hirst

Empty Bowls benefit for food bank March 27

Save the date of March 27 for ceramic, china and wooden bowls and tastes of top chefs’ soups and desserts.

“Empty Bowls Fort Worth — An Artful Taste to End Hunger” will benefit Tarrant Area Food Bank. It will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall, Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave.

Tickets are $50 for general admission and $130 for a VIP pass allowing early entrance to the event.

For more information, visit ebowls.html or call 817-332-9177.

— Shirley Jinkins

Civil War round table’s award winner to speak

The winner of the Fort Worth Civil War Round Table’s Pate Award for best new book on original research in Civil War history focusing on the western theater of the war will speak at the group’s monthly meeting Tuesday.

Linda Barnickel’s book Milliken’s Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory looks at a controversial battle fought in June 1863 where a brigade of Texas Confederates attacked a federal outpost about 15 miles north of Vicksburg, Miss. The Union force was predominately made up of black troops who had been slaves less than two months before the battle.

The former slaves fought well despite their minimal training and helped prove to the Northern public that black men were fit for combat. After the battle, there were accusations that Confederates had executed some prisoners, including white officers and black soldiers. The charges eventually led to a congressional investigation and contributed to the suspension of prisoner exchanges between the North and South.

The presentation featuring the author from Nashville will be held at Ol’ South Pancake House at 1509 S. University Drive. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the free program begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

— Steve Campbell

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